World number one Novak Djokovic reached the semi-finals of the ATP Finals, with an easy victory over Russian Andrey Rublev 6-3 6-2, in the green group competitions.
The Serbian did not find any difficulty in overcoming his opponent in the first meeting between them, and needed only 68 minutes to reach the semi-finals for the tenth time in this tournament.
The victory is the second for Djokovic in the tournament, after defeating the Norwegian Kasper Ruud, eighth in the world, in two straight sets.
Djokovic is seeking to win the championship for the sixth time in his career, equaling the record set by Roger Federer.
After the victory, he said: “I sent well, and that helped me a lot. I wanted to put pressure on him and run the match as I wanted. It was a great performance overall.”
In the evening match from the same group, Rood scored his first victory at the expense of Britain’s Cameron Nouri, who replaced Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas after the latter withdrew from the tournament due to injury hours before his match.
Rood compensated for his group delay with a thrilling 1-6,6-3.6-4 victory over the world’s 12th seed, to impose a decisive confrontation with Rublev, after which it will be decided who will accompany Djokovic, who secured the lead to the semi-finals, after both of them have a victory in the balance. and loss.
This was the second meeting between Rod and Nouri, and the Norwegian came out victorious again, after the final of the San Diego tournament this year.
Earlier, the Professional Players Association announced the withdrawal of Tsitsipas, ranked fourth in the world, due to pain in his elbow.
A statement issued by the association said that Tsitsipas “withdrew due to an injury to his right elbow”, and Tsitsipas lost his first match in the tournament against Rublev 4-6, 4-6.
Tsitsipas, who reached the final of the French championships Roland Garros last June, withdrew at the beginning of his campaign in the Paris-Percy Masters tournament 1,000 points due to the same injury last month.
Tsitsipas became the second player to withdraw from this tournament after Italian Matteo Berrettini, due to an abdominal muscle injury, and his compatriot Yannick Sener replaced him.
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